TAKE ACTION NOW

THE CITY OF TROY IS DELAYING PUBLIC INPUT!

The City Council must decide if all impacts of the development will be studied. 

The City Council has to make one of two decisions:
A) VOTE TO ISSUE A POSITIVE DECLARATION: This essentially would say: “yes, there is the chance for potential impacts”, which need to be studied. A detailed impact study process begins with strong public participation and input opportunities.

B) VOTE TO ISSUE A NEGATIVE DECLARATION: This essentially says “no, there are no impacts” and approval of the project can begin without any further study and public scoping process.

BUT: THE CITY IS TRYING TO DELAY THIS DECISION! 

Instead of conducting impact studies in a process where the public has a say, the City Council is requesting studies in private and behind closed doors. This needs to stop! If the City Council thinks that further studies are required, they should issue a positive declaration to allow for public input and participation. Why is the Council trying to shut out the public?

What you can do:
  • ACTION 1: CONTACT YOUR CITY COUNCIL MEMBER
  • ACTION 2: CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVES!

ACTION 1: SEND A WRITTEN STATEMENT NOW

We need to hold the City Council accountable! 

Send an email to:

–  citycouncil@troyny.gov

– Council President Carmella Mantello: Carmella.Mantello@troyny.gov

– Council President Pro Tempore Ken Zalewski: Ken.Zalewski@troyny.gov 

Tell the city council: 

  • You do not want the Council to request any studies of the developer until they issue a positive declaration and begin a public scoping process. There is a process to study impacts with public participation readily available!
  •  There is no good reason to do studies outside the pubic scoping process. Tell them that strong and meaningful public participation is the heart of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA) and that you insist on having a say in studying the impacts of this project. Doing studies behind closed doors is a bad look for elected officials — especially with elections coming up this November.
  • The law gives the Council the right to begin the public scoping process NOW: All that is needed for a positive declaration is one POTENTIAL significant impact. The record shows: there is plenty of evidence for many significant impacts already.
  • Their decision on this matter will impact your choices in the November City Council elections.

ACTION 2: CALL YOUR REPRESENTATIVE!

Tell your representatives that you oppose the development threatening the Native Forest in Troy’s Lansingburgh neighborhood! 

Explain that you are worried about the City Council delaying the “positive declaration” — not allowing a public process to study all impacts to begin and instead working with the developer behind closed doors on conducting these studies.

Tell your representative that you want them to do everything in their power to protect Troy’s last forest ecosystem along the Hudson and to preserve this National Register eligible Native American site for the next seven generation and beyond!

CONTACT YOUR OFFICIALS AND ASK THEM TO HELP PROTECT THIS SACRED FOREST!

1) Your City Council members:

– Contact information for Troy, NY: https://www.troyny.gov/government/city-council/members/

– Contact information for the Town of Schaghticoke (parts of this project are located within the town!): https://townschaghticoke.digitaltowpath.org:10192/content/Boards/View/7

2) County Officials

– For Rensselaer County: https://www.rensselaercounty.org/legislators/

3) Your State Representative:

– Assembly: https://nyassembly.gov/mem/search/ 

– Senate: https://www.nysenate.gov/find-my-senator

4) Your member of congress:
https://www.govtrack.us/congress/members/NY/20#q=Troy%20NY&marker_lng=-73.6918&marker_lat=42.7284